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    Did GRRM really say Meereen would end like Iraq?

    That's the thing with history, though, it never does come to an end... it's just keeps on keeping on. That sounds perfectly reasonable to me Pity so few militaristic adventurers understand it.
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    Table Setting - The Red Comet

    Gematria and notariqon would probably interest you, but to be honest it's always best to find your own path - though you could spend a lifetime just considering 'B'erashith Elohim....'. Israel Regardie is a good writer on the subject for modern readers, and you can also do a lot worse than Robert Anton Wilson's 'Prometheus Rising' though it tends to short-circuit the whole caboodle in the same way that Timothy Leary said that LSD short-circuits most of transcendental meditation..... also Eliphaz Levi, Dion Fortune, even Crowley, all are good sources. Go further back you might want to consider Maimonides, and get a good version of the Sepher Zohar, too. ... and of course you'd also be free to conclude it was also the best Jewish joke, like, ever,.... but, hey, spiritualty's like that.... you'll be amazed at what your mind can do, eventually.
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    characters who are not as they seem?

    Spot on, of course we all wear masks, it's the only way 95% of humanity gets through the day without self-immolating. The George carries that realisation through to his fiction and that's a big part of what I love about his work, I really can't think of many writers who get such a depth of character - maybe Gene Wolfe.... but GRRM really puts JRRT back in the box regarding character, though of course JRRT has the edge on phylology and mythology.
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    Table Setting - The Red Comet

    Oh, man, if you don't already (though I suspect you do) you will appreciate studying the holy qabbala....
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    Table Setting - The Red Comet

    It signifies that occasionally dirty lumps of ice cycle through the Solar System on very long orbits and that human beings are, taken in the whole, superstitious bumpkins that like to ascribe various portentous meanings to stuff which really has no meaning and you too, Twisted Digit, my life would be a lesser thing without your posts
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    Skinchanging bonds

    Maybe but I read it as meaning greenseers were once far more common, and BR is the only one still alive - doesn't mean he's some mystical uber-greenseer, or the last shout for the phenomenon if he dies, just that, well, there ain't any others.... unless Bran can be hitched to a treee in time...... ps ETA etc oit's the early hours of the new year here, please don't tkae anything I might say to heart, all I can sayh is the local pub serves some fine whiskies and tghe bottles arfe npow all emptgy..,,,.
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    Skinchanging bonds

    Yeah, Bran's human, not a Singer.... and .... there's no reason at all to expect humans with certain abilities to have superficial similarities to Singers with the same abilities
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    Skinchanging bonds

    Yes, indeed, CotF and humans are different species, why should eye colour in one have any bearing to eye colour in the other????????
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    Ser Barristan Selmy- truly a "True Knight"?

    WHAT? EVIDENCE? eta: sorry, didn't mean to sound aggressive, just don't see what support you have for this?
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    I think the only solution to get to the statue order is a careful re-read of all the scenes set in a sept. So, Cat before the battle at Storm's End, Jaime in his vigil for Tywin, various marriages and Sansa during the battle of the Blackwater when she was in the sept there. Between them, we may glean a few more clues....
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    Question about Cersei and Maggy's prophecy

    Ah, shucks, you're too kind... It might have been truly awesome if I'd seen it on my first reading, but seven times through the series so far, and it only clicked when I read your post We'll have to amend the old saying: 'it takes a village to ... read a book'.... That's a good point - it seems to be a bit dangerous being Cersei's bestie, doesn't it? I mean there's no way that Melara fell down the well, is there? And Taena 'the Myrish Swamp' lends a watery connection, just like melara's well. And thinking a bit more about Maggy's isolation, it's possible George is hinting at some real-world issues. Whereas she really is a bloodmage (to some degree at least) and maybe shunned as much as she is needed, there is a long tradition of old - specifically post-menopausal, and usually single or widowed - women in our own history being derided as 'witches' so they can be persecuted and their property seized.
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    Question about Cersei and Maggy's prophecy

    I was struck when you mentioned the ToJ fever-dream, and this is the bell that rang in my head: I wonder if there's some reason the George used such similar sounding phrases relating to two different dreams about important past events? On one level it may be a hint that both dreams are true recollections of real events, or just that the two dreamers believe them to be accurate dreams. On the other hand the dreams both refer to events which subsequently shaped their respective dreamers' lives to a large degree: Ned and his promise; Cersei and her prophecy. I certainly have no problem with the idea that Maggy had genuine powers of some sort, as the books make clear that blood magic is is a real force in this world. What does stretch belief is that a blood-mage ends up living like a circus freak, or doing 'turns' as a side-show at the tourney. Though she'd married into the Spicers, I guess they're still pretty much smallfolk at this stage, despite their wealth... The other question re valonquar, is why use the Valyrian word? OK she came from Essos originally, maybe she did that immigrant grannie thing of not really learning the local language too well, but there again she might have a specific meaning that the Common Tongue doesn't really stretch to.... and as others have said before, 'the valonquar' does make me think it won't be anything as straightforward as simply one of Cersei's own younger brothers. I like the idea of Arya wearing one of their faces though...
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    Ser Barristan Selmy- truly a "True Knight"?

    Funny you should raise ole Dontos, as I was mulling over the Arthurian context, and Parsifal in particular - the perfect knight, the perfect fool... I'm sure the George is playing with that a bit, but if so he's stretched it way out of shape what with Dontos and Shagwell and all the rest... As for our Barry, he's had his lapses into blind obedience rather than principled defiance. But knighthood is such a many-faceted thing. I can see in one light that Brienne has the best claim to 'True Knighthood', but Sandor also has a good claim through his honesty about a knight just being for killing, a sword with a horse. Take all the pretty bows off it, that's all a knight is, and that's all Sandor is - and he doesn't pretend otherwise. Where do you draw the line between Sandor's realism and Sansa's romanticism? (and it was in a Romance that the perfect knight was a perfect fool, and Sansa waved her hand, and lo! it was so...)
  14. It's clear to me that the second use of the phrase (by Androw when he admits to poisoning the other women) is a direct retort to the first use (by Rhaena to express her scorn for Androw's worth). The next passage shows how this was the final humiliation for Farman, and he no longer even pretended to care for Rhaena. When he finally took his revenge, it was the phrase he threw back in her face. Note that Androw here stressed the 'I' in that sentence. The whole passage is about rubbing Rhaena's nose in her scornful dismissal of him, and taking revenge for it. That is why the second use of that particular phrase has no other meaning than as a direct refutation of its first use. (And slightly O/T, I hope F&B makes it onto the 'search' site soon, it took me an hour or more to find these quotes in my book... )
  15. It was a reference to the literal live dragon of his wife....